Taxonomist, Controlled Vocabulary Salary
A Taxonomist, Controlled Vocabulary earns an average salary of $73,698 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
|Salary||$36,000 - $100,000|
|Total Pay (||$36,766 - $114,020|
Job Description for Taxonomist, Controlled Vocabulary
Taxonomists are responsible for categorizing organisms into groups based on their composition, origins, and behavior. An undergraduate degree in biology, zoology, or a related field is often a minimum requirement for this position, and taxonomists typically advance in their careers by earning a master's degree or Ph.D.Read More...
Strong interests in animals and biology in general are important for this position, and taxonomists typically choose a preferred area of interest and narrow down their expertise. They often use microscopes to classify specimens, which are sorted into different sets according to the species to which they most likely belong. They also determine if a specimen already has a name and may consult research files, guides, and museum records. Some samples must be dissected for further analysis, and when a match is not found, they must write a unique description of the sample and find its Latin-based name. That information is then published for others to use in their own research, which is a long process that can take several years.
Taxonomists with controlled vocabularies - also referred to as authority files - have lists of terms to which they adhere for certain projects, which allow for easier and more consistent indexing. Controlled vocabularies are often used for proper nouns, though there are different kinds of controlled vocabularies with different rules and set-ups to adapt to projects with unique needs.
Taxonomist, Controlled Vocabulary Tasks
- Create taxonomic list and keys.
- Develop programs or systems to facilitate data retrieval.
- Develop databases or data storage systems.
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